Master of Fine Arts in Stage Design (Lighting), Brooklyn College, New York 1994
Additional postgraduate training includes:
á NYU Tisch School of the Arts Advanced MFA Lighting Track, NY 1992-1993
Studied with John Gleason, Lloyd Burlingame, Curt Osterman, Sal Tagliarino, Oliver Smith.
á Additional guidance, advice and/or mentoring received over the years from Tharon Musser, Ken Billington, John McKernon, Richard Pilbrow, David Hersey, and Neal Peter Jampolis.
á Broadway Lighting Master Classes in New York City. 1993, 1994, 1996, 2004-2007
á Studio Forum of Stage Design (aka, the Polakov Studio.) NJ. Susan White, Dennis Parichy. 1994
á Art Students League of New York, NYC drawing, sketching and painting classes.
á College of St. Rose and the NY Institute of
Bachelor of Arts in Theater (Lighting), Bennington College, Bennington, VT 1984
á Royal Shakespeare Institute (Lighting Shakespeare) Stratford upon Avon, England 1983
Please see page 8 for a list of selected design credits.
Freelance Lighting and Scenic Designer and all-round theater professional based in NYC. 1984 to Present
My approach to lighting design is that of a painter, painting with light. Lighting units are considered paintbrushes, each one dipped into a creatively chosen color, and used to paint a picture on stage with carefully placed highlights and shadows. I create environments in which events take place.
á Lighting, scenic and sound design for numerous musical, comedy, and dramatic productions, corporate parties and events.
á Supervision of numerous projects as a freelance production manager and technical director.
á Stage manager member of Actors Equity Association.
á Proficient with a wide range of software including Vectorworks, AutoCAD, Photoshop and more.
Producer of annual Stage Lighting Super Saturday, NYC, L.A. and Atlanta July 2005 to Present
Co-producer (with Sonny Sonnenfeld) of professional all-day lighting workshops. Attended by young designers, teachers, and students, these seminars feature theater professionals presenting various topics relating to current lighting practices. The workshop has been produced in NYC annually from 2005 to 2008. The 2009 event to take place in Los Angeles.
á Keynote addresses by Ken Billington, Jim Moody and Beverly Emmons. Speakers included Steve Shelley, Eric Cornwell, Joe Tewil, Gary Fails, Bobby Harrell, K.C. Hooper, and more.
á Hosted 25 lighting technology manufacturers to display their equipment: Altman, Apollo, Barbizon, City Theatrical, Field Template, GAM, High End, Lee, Lycian, Martin Pro, Ocean Optics, Osram Sylvania, Robert Juliat, Rosco, Selecon, Strand, Strong, Times Square, Vectorworks, Wybron and more.
Judge/Panel Member at LDIŐs annual Lighting Portfolio Review for young designers, Las Vegas, Orlando 2008,9
Presented ŇParkerŐs Plots via OrigamiÓ Broadway Lighting Master Class, NYC May, 2008 and May 2009
Short presentation of determining lighting
unit angle and preliminary plotting technique during Live Design MagazineŐs
annual master class.
School of the Arts, Columbus State University in Columbus GA
Duties include teaching and mentoring students within a large NAST accredited theater program. Supervising staff and students working in a three-theater performing arts complex.
Intermediate Stagecraft (3cr hours)
Intermediate level course exploring stage rigging, basic automation concepts, production budgeting and crew supervision. Students served as technical leaders on mainstage productions.
Drawing and Drafting for Theater (2 cr hours)
Beginning course covering the skills and processes used by theatrical scenic, lighting and costume designers. As well as technical drawing for the theater technician.
Faculty Lighting Designer, Assistant Professor of Lighting and Sound Design 2007 to 2009
Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Duties include teaching BFA and MFA students; recruitment and service for the Johnny Carson School; developing, supervising and maintaining the BFA and MFA curriculum for the Lighting Design Program; and advising and mentoring MFA or BFA students during the design and/or technical process of realized department mainstage productions for both lighting and sound (30 students, including 2 MFA thesis projects, to date.)
á Supervise lighting and sound graduate assistants in maintaining technical equipment and service shops.
á Maintain yearly operating and lighting and sound production budgets.
á Created independent study protocols for MFA and BFA lighting and sound students to align with the USA829 exam procedures.
á Obtained equipment for moving light lab utilizing Martin Professional automated fixtures and High EndŐs Hog3 control system.
á Created three new introductory classes in rigging, computer lighting control, and stage electrics.
Lighting Design I (3cr hours)
BFA and MFA students. Developed and taught a three-semester progression of classes that builds the essential skills required to serve as a theatrical lighting designer. In the first semester students experience and/or create script analyses, visual research, pencil lighting sketches, rough light plots and sections, requisite lighting paperwork, practical lighting labs, and an overall lighting design paper project.
Lighting Design II (3cr hours)
BFA and MFA students. The second class of the lighting progression is split between paperwork communication and experiencing stage lighting techniques in the lab. In the design studio, focus is upon creating the design idea while increasing the speed and clarity of light plots, sections, instrument schedules, channel hookups, color schedules and shop orders. Further exploration of lighting angle, color composition, and intensity occurs in the light lab.
Lighting Design III (3cr hours)
BFA and MFA students. The third class of this lighting sequence explores the use of atmospherics including fog, smoke, and dry ice effects in the light lab. Students also expand their knowledge of advanced lighting equipment including color scrollers, moving lights, and a varied collection of computer control consoles. Additional scenic elements are introduced into the lighting designer's repertoire including scrims, cycs, and rear painted drops.
Sound Design I (3cr hours)
BFA and MFA students. This is first of two classes offered in sound design. Students start via script analyses and design concepts towards creating live sound effects for the stage. The class continues on to recording those same sound effects to CD or MP3 files. The class culminates with building a design from a mixture of custom recorded tracks and other cues pulled from pre-recorded sound effects libraries. Students are introduced to basic technologies of sound reinforcement and playback.
Sound Design II (3cr hours)
BFA and MFA students. The second level of sound design explores system specification and the paperwork required to mount medium to large scale productions. Students explore system component definitions, microphone and speaker frequency, polar pattern and dispersion charts. Computer recording and editing tools including Pro-Tools and Audacity are utilized to build shows. Final design projects are played via SFX.
Practicum in Theatre (aka Independent Study and/or thesis projects. 1-9 credit hours.)
BFA and MFA students. Mentorship of students during the design and/or technical process for department produced productions. Students are mentored during the creative process from first readings through to opening night. Students document both the process and the resultant production for portfolio presentations. Productions to date are Self Defense (or Death of Some Salesman), Six Degrees of Separation, Carousel, The Good Doctor, As You Like It, An American Daughter. Summer internship supervision for MFA students.
Introduction to Stage Electrics (Offered as a one credit topics course over a five week period.)
BA and BFA students. This class is an introduction to the basic electrical technology of stage lighting. Students explore the various aspects of electricity for the stage and work with a varied assortment of stage lighting gear in the light lab and the schoolŐs theaters. AutoCAD, Vectorworks and Lightwright programs are utilized.
Introduction to Stage Rigging (Offered as a one credit topics course over a five week period.)
BA and BFA students. During this introductory level class, students rig stage scenery and lighting equipment in the lab and school theatres. Students work with block and tackle, hand line counterweight line sets and the Vortek motorized rigging system. Some students work as leaders for the department's productions.
Introduction to Computer Lighting (Offered as a one credit topics course over a five week period.)
BA and BFA students. This class is an introductory level short course covering computer control, networking, DMX signal protocols, standard cue recording, and introduction to moving light control theory for the stage. Working with equipment in the CAD lab and the schoolŐs theatres, students have a hands-on experience with Hog3PC, ETC Obsession, Expression 3, WYSIWYG, Martin Show Designer, and more. Students have the opportunity to serve as lighting programmers on department productions.
Service for the Johnny Carson School and the College of Fine and Performing Arts
Member, Search committee, Scenic Design Professor for the School of Theatre.
Member, Travel Grant Committee for the College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Member, Curriculum Committee for the School of Theatre.
Designer, Johnny Carson School dedication weekend with VIP guests including Carson family members.
Member, Recruiting Committee for the School of Theatre.
Presentation of Creative Activity (Research) Travel Grant 2008-2009
Professional Development Travel Grants 2008, 2009
Presentation of Creative Activity (Research) Travel Grant 2007-2008
Funding from the College DeanŐs office for moving light lab computer control equipment. 2008
Faculty Lighting Designer/Technical Director, Pace University, New York NY 2004-2007
Assistant Professor of Theater Technology. Taught all levels of lighting design and technology, sound and acoustics, stage management, stagecraft, production crew, civic engagement, and introduction to theater
á Managed on-line purchasing system for the department.
á Built moving light lab utilizing Robe America automated fixtures and High EndŐs Hog3 control system.
á Committee work including tenure and promotion and recruiting.
á Authored new civic engagement program matching technical theater students with local public schools.
á Supervised lighting, scene and costume shop staff.
á Vice president of AAUP chapter. Member of Faculty Council.
High School Musical: The Tech Side (civic engagement class. (3cr hours)
á I created this program where students volunteered to work with New York City Department of Education Theatre Teachers in the Public School system. Students worked directly with high school and middle school students towards the technical staging of their respective school productions. This course satisfied Pace UniversityŐs civic engagement (public service) requirement.
Lighting & electrics (3cr hours)
Level one course in lighting design and stage electrics. Students served as designers, assistant designers, master electricians and stage crew. Advanced students were introduced to moving light programming.
Sound & acoustics (3cr hours)
Level one course in sound design, technology and acoustics. Course was included as a non-lab science course. Students served as designers and technicians for department productions.
Stage management (3cr hours)
Members of the stage management class served as production managers, stage managers and assistants for department productions.
Advanced Stagecraft (3cr hours)
Advanced level course exploring stage rigging, basic automation concepts, production budgeting and crew supervision. Students served as technical leaders on mainstage productions.
Production crew (3cr hours)
Basic stage crew component of the department.
Intro to theater (3cr hours)
Introduction class for non-majors. Course satisfied the universityŐs core credit requirement.
Project Pericles Grant for Civic Engagement 2004
Research Presentation Travel Grants 2003, 2004
NEH Teaching Fellow grant for cooperative education. 2003
Assistant Professor (Adjunct) NYC College of Technology, CUNY Spring/Fall 2006
Taught two semesters of Theater Welding within the Entertainment Technology program. Training includes design and fabrication of stage scenery using mig, gas and arc welding techniques.
Assistant Professor (Adjunct) School of Architecture at City College, CUNY Fall 2005
Taught Computers in Architecture, a four credit hour course covering AutoCAD, AutoDesk Architectural Desktop, VectorWorks, Adobe PhotoShop, Rhino3D, Sketchup and the Web.
Faculty Designer/Technical Director, NYC Dept. of Education, Edward R. Murrow HS 1999-2004
The design/technical program involved over 200 students working on 20 annual productions including Broadway style musicals, dance and music concerts, dramas and more. Students were assigned positions of responsibility at all levels of the production process. Crew size averaged 35 students per show.
á Obtained funding, designed and supervised installation of a new $80,000 sound system and CAD lab.
á Designed and supervised $300,000 lighting system renovation.
á Several students have progressed through college theater programs and have entered the backstage workforce.
Freelance Computer Consultant and End User Trainer, NY 1994-2003
Clients included: Deutsche Bank; Goldman Sachs; and other New York banks and law firms. Specialized in advanced software applications including PowerPoint, PhotoShop, Illustrator and more. Trained end users during migration to Windows XP and other programs. Tech support to traders on the trading floor.
Designer/Technical Director, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn NY 1994-1999
Taught all levels of design and technical theater to students from 5th through 12th grade. Supervised design/tech members of the Thespian Society.
Graduate Student and freelance designer. 1992-1994
See education section on page one for education details.
Freelance career maintained in the NYC area during study.
Freelance Television Cameraman for ENG Services and American Television News, NYC 1988-1994
Lighting Cameraman for television commercials and industrial videos.
Breaking news cameraman covering events in and around New York City.
TV News Cameraman with footage appearing on all NYC News programs. National networks include ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and CNBC. Good Morning America, 48 Hours, Regis Philbin, more.
Certified Instructor, SCUBA Network, NYC. 1987-1992
Master Instructor for PADI and NAUI. Instructor trainer for NAUI. Created training programs for a network of 13 retail stores and training sites located in New York and Florida.
Licensed Yacht Captain, New York, Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands 1985-1999
United States Coast Guard licensed Captain (Merchant Marine Officer) working part time during my theatrical career. I have been captain of several classic vessels including the 95Ő 1931 former presidential yacht used by John F. Kennedy known as the Honey Fitz.
Supervisor at Specialty Signs in NYC. 1985-1986
Worked in a sign making shop running computer-controlled sign cutting machines. Promoted to company manager
New York City Taxi Driver, New York. 1981-1984
Drove a New York City Yellow Cab during my college years. Required elevated level of customer service.
United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT). Joined in 1985
Active at both the national and local section levels.
Served three years as the Chair of the New York Area Section. 2004-2007
Actors Equity Association (stage manager) Joined in 1985
ESTA Joined in 2007
AAUP. Served as Vice President of Pace UniversityŐs local chapter. Joined in 2005
Publications and Presentations
USITT National Conference Panels:
50 Years of Lighting Design (Co-Chair) featuring Richard Pilbrow, James L. Moody, Beverly Emmons 2010
Setting Up Shop, Chair of panel discussion 2010
High School Musical: The Dark Side. 2008
Care and feeding of High School Technical Crews. Chair of panel discussion.
Computers in Stage Management. Chair of panel discussion 2007
High School Tech Theater. Chair of panel discussion 2006
Intro Stagecraft Techniques. Panel member presenting introduction to lighting plots 2006
Tech on Broadway, the 2005 Season. Chair of panel discussion featuring technical specialists and 2005
back-stage photographs from the 2005 Broadway season.
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ Workshop Presenter 2002
Conducted the ŇTech 101 WorkshopÓ underwritten by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
USITT Education Poster Session regarding the New York City Dept. of EducationŐs Theatre Blueprint. 2006
USITT Tech Expo: Journal Article presenting innovative method of adding castors to platforms. 2005
Lighting Design One Dramatics Magazine 2010
Second article in a series covering traditional and computer assisted design methods.
Lighting Design One Dramatics Magazine 2009
First article in a series covering traditional and computer assisted design methods.
Teaching Non-Stage Lighting Stage Directions Magazine 2006
Article focused on the wide assortment of lighting careers available other then theater.
Funny Girl Stage Directions Magazine 2006
Answer box article presenting an alternative method of locking stage wagons.
Into the Woods Stage Directions Magazine 2005
Answer box presenting methods of staging used for a Pace production
On-line publication, founder of the High School Technical Production web site, www.hstech.org. The site is devoted to training young stage technicians and their teachers to stage theatrical productions.
Colleagues & Collaborators (past & present)
Bill Barcley, Russ Behrens, Ken Billington, Julie Boyd, Milton Berle, Victor Capecci, Beverly Emmons, Ray Dooley, Michael Hairston, Jeff Horowitz, Anne Jackson, Peter Jennings, Jason Kantrowitz, Kathleen Kelliagh, Skip Mercier, John Miller, Eric Nightengale, Regis Philbin, Radio City Rocketts, Amy Rogers, Ralph Roseman, John Scheffler, Steve Shelley, Sonny Sonnenfeld, Jay Tanzi, Joe Tawil, Julie Taymor, Elmer Todd, Elfin Vogal, Eli Wallach
Public Service Work
Board of Directors activities
United States Institute of Theater Technology, New York Area Section. 2004-2007
Served as vice chair for one year, and then chair for two and half years.
Theater Garden NY- Board Member
Mission: produce entertaining, educational theater that brings history to life for students of all ages.
New York City Department of Education. 2003 to present
Since 2006 I have co-chaired The Technical Theater Test Development Committee for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), in conjunction with NOCTI, to create a nationally-normed exit examination for high school technical theater students. I assembled a committee of industry representatives, union members, high school technical theater teachers and higher education personnel who worked as a committee, along with NOCTI, to create a comprehensive and appropriate test aligned with industry standards. We are currently in the pilot testing phase of the process.
¤ Member of the committee for the creation of the K-12 Curriculum Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in theater for the NYC public schools
¤ Member of the Dave Matthews Performing Arts Facilities Improvement Grant committee. Evaluate programs and schools that warrant monies to improve facilities.
Falmouth High School Falmouth, MA 2002
Specified all stage lighting, sound and rigging systems equipment for theater during 63 million dollar school renovation.
New York State Permanent Teaching Licenses: 1. Stage & Set Design, 2. Performing Arts/Drama, 3. Technology
New York City Teaching Licenses: 1. Stage & Set Design, 2. Technology
Lighting Design (selected credits)
2010 Alchemy of Light New York, NY
2009 Cradle Will Rock Schimmel Ctr./Arts NY
London Cuckolds Howell Theater, Lincoln NE
Alchemy of Light CultureMart, NY
2008 Carousel Lied Ctr. for Performing Arts NE
2007 The SoldierŐs Tale Lincoln Symphony Orch. NE
Johnny Carson School dedication Lincoln NE
Little Women Scheaberle Theater NY
Marat/Sade Scheaberle Theater NY
2006 Trojan Women Schimmel Ctr./Arts NY
2005 A Chorus Line Anzalone Theater NY
Funny Girl Schimmel Ctr./Arts NY
2004 Into The Woods Schimmel Ctr./Arts NY
In The Blood Scheaberle Theater NY
Tempest Scheaberle Theater NY
2003 Skin of our Teeth Papp Theater NY
Trial by Jury Papp Theater NY
1999 Fiddler On The Roof Anzalone Theater NY
1998 Amadeus, Man Who Came to Dinner, Waiting for Godot Papp Theater NY, Rumors Papp Theater NY
1998 How to SucceedÉ Anzalone Theater NY
1995 Christmas Spectacular (3rd ALD to Ken Billington)
Radio City Music Hall NY
1994 Twelfth Night Brooklyn Ctr./Perf. Arts NY
Gertrude's Easter Brooklyn Ctr./Perf. Arts NY
Reckless Abandon Redfield Theatre NY
1993The Water Engine Brooklyn Ctr./Perf. Arts NY
Sing To Me Through Open Windows
Brooklyn Ctr./Perf. Arts NY
1993 D&C Dance Series, Choreographer's Choice
2nd Ave. Dance Co. NY
1988-1994 Lighting for Television. See page 5 above.
1987 A Yankee Doodle Dandy
(also ActorsŐ Equity SM) National Tour
Intern Fest. '86 Ensemble Studio Theater NY
1985 A Midsummer NightŐs Dream
Sanford Meisner Theater NY
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Hedgerow Theater PA
Night Must Fall Cockpit In Court Baltimore MD
I Love You, I Love You Not
Theater for a New Audience, NY
1985 Do Lord, Remember Me
ALD and Equity SM Tri-State Tour NY
1983 Polly Pie, Royal Academy/Dramatic Arts London
Lighting and Scenic Design (selected credits)
2003 Music Man Anzalone Theater NY
Mame Anzalone Theater NY
2002 Guys & Dolls Anzalone Theater NY
Man Of La Mancha Anzalone Theater NY
2001 Candide Anzalone Theater NY
Once Upon A Mattress Anzalone Theater NY
2000 Anything Goes Anzalone Theater NY
Into The Woods Anzalone Theater NY
1999 A Funny Thing Happened on the-
Way to the Forum Anzalone Theater NY
Fantastiks Papp Theater NY
1987 The Disposal Jan Jus Playhouse NY
1985 Side By Side By Sondheim
Hedgerow Theater Phila. PA
Lighting and Sound Design (selected credits)
2006 Cabaret Anzalone Theater NY
UrineTown Schimmel Ctr./Arts NY
2005 Sweeney Todd Anzalone Theater NY
2004 Oklahoma Anzalone Theater NY
Sound Design (selected credits)
2008 Heartbeat to Bahgdad Sheaberle Theater NY
2001-2005 The ChildrenŐs Aid Society Chorus
Resident Sound Designer NY
1994-1999 Berkeley Carroll School Music Dept.
Resident Sound Designer NY
Stage Management (~AEA~ member)
1987 Yankee Doodle Dandy, PSM East Coast Tour
1986 Space Age, PSM, Sanford Meisner Theater. NY
1985 Do Lord, Remember Me, ASM. North East Tour
1983 Goodnight Grandpa w/Milton Berle, (PA) NY
Technical Direction and Production Management
I have many credits involving management and technical direction of theater productions, commercial events/production processes and more. Guys & Dolls, Man Of La Mancha, Candide, Once Upon A Mattress, Anything Goes, Into The Woods, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Fiddler On The Roof, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Joseph Anzalone Theatre NY, Guys & Dolls, Full Stage Production NY, BCS Dance Series, NY, The Jury (12 Angry Men), NY, Insanity In An Insane World, NY, Voices From The High School, NY, Beach Kool, Gene Frankle Theater NY, Iolanta, Riverside Opera NY, Tempest, City Stage Company Rep. NY, Black Girl, Second Stage Theater NY, Do Lord, Remember Me, Eastern States Tour, Residence Td, Theater For A New Audience NY, Goblin Market, Vineyard Theater NY, St. Bart's Playhouse NY,